Via the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins made their National Hockey League debut on October 11, 1967 - losing to the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 - in the expansion franchise’s home opener.
A slow start was followed by a tumultuous stretch of uncertainty throughout the 70s and into the early 80s, but a major turning point came in ‘84 that would ensure the future of hockey in Pittsburgh, as the Penguins drafted superstar Mario Lemieux #1 overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Supported by an All-Star cast and crew full of future HOFers, the Penguins became first-time Stanley Cup Champions in 1991, repeated the feat as Cup defenders in 1992, and with Super Mario leading the way, winning quickly became a tradition in the Steel City.
Fast forward to 2006, and the torch was past from Mario Lemieux to Sydney Crosby and a new cast and crew of supporting talent. The new line-up wasted little time carrying on the tradition, as Sid and co reached the Cup Finals in 2008, won the franchise’s third Cup in 2009, regularly competed over the next 5 years, and took home the Pittsburgh Penguins’ fourth Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history in 2015.
Now celebrating their Golden Anniversary, it’s a great opportunity to take a look back at 50 years of Pittsburgh Penguins uniforms, and all the great players who popularized them.
Looking forward to the next 50 years!